It turns out that an actual descendant of Pocahontas does not take any offense to President Donald Trump jokingly referring to Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas.”
In a September interview with Sky News, Debbie “White Dove” Porreco said that Trump once asked her if it offended her that he used the name “Pocahontas” to refer to the Democratic senator.
“I know that he uses ‘Pocahontas’ sometimes with Elizabeth Warren,” Porreco explained. “He said, ‘well does that offend you when I use that?’ And I told him no, it doesn’t offend me.”
“If Pocahontas were alive today, she would be very proud of President Trump,” Porreco said. “Just like Pocahontas was a heroine, Donald Trump is going to be our hero.”
The media and Sen. Warren, who has very dubious claims of a Native American ancestry, have called Trump’s use of Pocahontas a “slur.” (RELATED: Reminder: Elizabeth Warren Lied About Being Cherokee)
Sky News contrasted Porreco’s comments with those of Irene Bedard, who voiced Pocahontas in the cartoon Disney movie.
“Do I think Pocahontas would be a fan of Trump? Oh no,” Bedard said. “Misogyny and bullying and name-calling at its finest. It is not intelligent discourse.”
Porreco, who was the model for Disney’s Pocahontas character, was recently profiled in an article in Palm Beach Daily News. The piece explained that Porreco grew up poor on a reservation before attending college and working as a flight attendant.
“Sometimes when I’m dining at Mar-a-Lago, I think to myself, ‘You’ve come a long way from that Indian reservation you started in,” she said. “Pocahontas had dreams and went to England. My dreams brought me to Palm Beach.”